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- The characteristic of being reciprocal, e.g. of a relationship between people.
- In a friendship, reciprocity occurs where the contribution of each party meets the expectations of the other party.
- 1834, L[etitia] E[lizabeth] L[andon], Francesca Carrara. […], volume I, London: Richard Bentley, […], (successor to Henry Colburn), OCLC 630079698, pages 111–112:
- There might be benefit on one side, and obligation on the other; but their reciprocity of affection, their mutual exchange of small kindnesses—those strongest rivets of common attachment—were no more.
- A reciprocal relationship.
- A relation of mutual dependence or action or influence.
- (grammar) A reciprocal construction involves two noun phrases where each of the participants occupies both the role of agent and patient with respect to the other. see: Wikipedia:Reciprocal pronoun.
- (international law) The mutual exchange of rights, privileges or obligations between nations. see: Wikipedia:Reciprocity (international relations).
- (psychology) The responses of individuals to the actions of others.
the state or quality of being reciprocal